Great Thanksgiving Potatoes, a New Take on the Old Scalloped

Potatoes area staple for Thanksgiving, actually they are a staple for just about any time of year. The potato is a versatile food that lends itself well to just about any seasoning you can think of. Garlic or cheese are two incredible additives for a traditional potato dish. Scalloped potatoes can seem somewhat boring, I mean everyone has seen and had them at some point in their life, however there are ways to spice up the traditional scalloped potato for thanksgiving that will have guests begging for more.

Crockpot Potatoes

One of the greatest inventions in the world for a busy cook is the crockpot. All you have to do is set it up and let it do it’s magic. Scalloped potatoes can be created in a crockpot fairly simply. My Happy Love offers up a great potato crockpot recipe. All you have to do is slice the potatoes thinly and layer about half in the crockpot. Add in cheese soup (half the can), some Velveeta and cheddar plus evaporated milk. Once you’ve done all that add on the second layer of potatoes and add the rest of the ingredients. Set it and let it go, that’s all. You don’t have to worry about the timing of the dish or continuously check it, although the poster of this recipe suggest checking occasionally to ensure extra milk is not needed.

Healthier Scalloped Potatoes

Okay, okay, so scalloped potatoes may not exactly be on the list of super healthy foods in our current society, however they can be made a bit healthier with a bit of inspiration. Moms Who Think, a website dedicated to parenting and all it’s topics, suggests that scalloped potatoes can be healthy if some of the key components are switched out for healthier alternatives. Instead of the butter that would be used margarine will work fine and whole milk and a bit of flour can easily recreate the super creamy texture that is attributed to the cream in more traditional recipes. An added zing of onion adds something complete unexpected. It’s also very easy to make and rather quick. The recipe suggests that the prep time is a mere 20 minutes and cook time a short 15 minutes. It’s nice to know at least one dish at the table won’t be taking hours to complete. Check out the full recipe at the link above.

Cheesy Goodness

There is nothing that goes better with potatoes than cheese. For a super cheesy scalloped potato epicurious suggests adding ¾ of a cup of blue cheese, ¾ a cup of extra-sharp cheddar and 1/3 of a cup of Parmesan to a more or less traditional recipe. The outcome is a gooey concoction that combines two great ingredients; potatoes and cheese. Blue cheese is a rather acquired taste so if it’s not your personal style it can be subbed for just about any other cheese that is a good melter. Check out the full recipe for detailed instructions. I must warn you though, it is not the easiest recipe I’ve ever seen, but if you are already turning out thanksgiving food miracles this one is worth a shot.

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